Whitchurch Village Practice
Dr Gareth Hayes, Dr Catherine Davies, Dr Niamh MacConnell

Services & Clinics

The doctors all provide general medical services including the following:

  • Maternity medical services
  • Contraceptive services
  • Child health surveillance services
  • Minor surgery services

These and other specialist clinics are held as follows. Use the links below to jump to the corresponding section:


Antenatal Clinic

Wednesday 13.30 - 15.00 - the midwife will see pregnant ladies by appointment. Appointments for antenatal check-ups are also available with the doctors during surgery hours.

Asthma

As part of their long-term management all patients are encouraged to attend the asthma clinic regularly. This is to ensure optimum control. A reminder will be sent to patients when their clinic visit is due. Advice and monitoring will be given by the Practice Nurses. Support and advice is also offered for smoking cessation. This clinic is only intended for long-term asthma management. For urgent asthma care, please make an appointment with any doctor in the usual way.

Baby Clinic

Immunisation clinics Wednesday 13.30 - 15.00
The Health Visitors are available to weigh babies and offer advice Wednesday 13.30 - 15.30. Drs Hayes, Davies, McConnell, Brew and Darby carry out routine developmental checks at eight weeks.

Cardiovascular Risk Assessment

We can offer advice on the main causes of heart disease: smoking, high blood pressure, a family history of heart attacks or stroke, high cholesterol and obesity. Please make an appointment with the nurses.

Cervical Smears

Routine three-year smears are done by our practice nurses. We recommend the patient rings for a convenient appointment.

Child Immunisations

We recommend the full programme of vaccinations for 0-5 year olds, which may be given on Wednesday afternoons, or during any other nurse clinic. If you have concerns about any vaccination, feel free to consult the health visitors, doctors or nurses.

Contraception

We are able to provide a wide range of contraception within the surgery. Our nurses and all the doctors can advise you during routine appointments on all aspects of contraception, pills (including emergency contraception), diaphragms, IUDs, coils and sterilisation. Dr Brew holds specialist qualifications in family planning that enable her to fit intrauterine devices (coils) and diaphragms. This confidential service is available to patients of any age who require advice.

Diabetes

All diabetic patients have a comprehensive annual checkup, which includes testing blood, urine, and also a physical examination. Screening for possible eye problems linked with diabetes, is undertaken, and all our diabetic patients are also referred for retinal photography and dietitians advice; Dr Hayes and a Practice Nurse run this clinic during normal surgery hours. For more urgent diabetic advice, please see any of the doctors.

Emergency Contraception

A reliable hormonal method is available for emergency contraception. It is effective if it is taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. It is important to remember that the earlier it is taken the less chance there is of pregnancy (if possible in first 24 hours after sex). An alternative method is a copper IUD or coil. This can be fitted up to five days after unprotected sex. Advice or prescriptions for emergency contraception is available during surgery hours. You do not have to be registered with the practice to receive this. Confidentiality is assured at all times. Follow-up is also advised to discuss further contraception.
Simply telephone 2062 9601 and ask for an urgent same day appointment - you do not have to say what it is for. We are happy for you to come alone or with a relative/friend.

Joint Injections

Some arthritic joint conditions, as well as many chronic inflammatory conditions such as 'tennis elbow', may benefit from a steroid injection. Please see the doctors for further advice.

Minor Surgery

During minor surgery appointments, the doctors can remove warts, verrucae, some moles, skin tags and cysts using simple surgical techniques. The Doctors are approved for minor surgery. These appointments should be booked after discussion with the doctors.

Other Clinics

The practice nurses may also give you advice on the following:

  • Stop smoking
  • Weight loss
  • Healthy eating
  • Influenza vaccination, during October each year
  • Drug monitoring: Warfarin, Lithium and drugs for rheumatology and others as required

Stop Smoking

Smoking cessation is another service offered to patients; Liz Perna is our stop smoking champion and along with the doctors and nurses of the practice supports patients to give up smoking. If you would like details of this service please telephone the practice and ask to speak with Liz who works on a Monday and Tuesday.

Teenage Troubles

Confidential advice is available to all teenagers, on any matter including general health, eating disorders, spots and acne, emotional problems, sexual health and contraception. Please speak to a nurse or doctor.

Travel Advice

Make an appointment eight weeks in advance for our nurses to advise on the necessary vaccinations and malaria prevention for ANY destination worldwide. Most of the vaccinations can be done at the surgery including Yellow Fever. The World Health Organisation has designated the surgery a private Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre. Please note that, although the advice is free, some vaccinations are not available on the NHS and there will be a charge. You will be advised if there is a charge for the required vaccine and this will need to be paid at reception prior to the nurse administering the vaccine.

Occupational Vaccinations

Occupational vaccinations, normally chicken pox and hepatitis B, fall outside the NHS and therefore a fee is payable by the patient or their employer.

Well Man Assessment

We encourage all our male patients to attend for an annual blood pressure check, particularly if you have a family history of blood pressure or heart disease, or if you are over 40 years old. A check for high cholesterol, prostate problems, liver and kidney disorders may be included if appropriate.

Well Woman Assessment

Appointments for well-woman screening can be booked at your convenience. All aspects of general health are covered, as well as the specific areas of cardiovascular risk assessment, continence, family planning, breast examination, the menopause, and inherited diseases. Blood and urine tests may be required, and a doctor's follow-up appointment may be advised.

Temporary Residents

The doctors are prepared to see any of your family and friends who need a doctor when they are staying with you. Similarly, when you are away from home in the UK you can visit any local doctor as a temporary resident, without having to register.

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